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Roundup: Internet use on rise in Bangladesh

Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:27 AM

DHAKA, Apr. 29, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Nowadays more and more people in Bangladesh continue to flock to the Internet, and a greater number of people are doing so on a daily basis, said the South Asian country's internet service providers' association chief Thursday.

Akhtaruzzaman Manju, president of Internet Service Providers' Association of Bangladesh, told Xinhua that the country's six cell phone operators and Interent Service Providers have so far provided over 800,000 internet connections.

"We've estimated that nearly 10 million people in the country are using 800,000 internet connections on sharing basis," he said, adding the number of internet users in the country is increasing yearly by around 15-16 percent.

Apart from students and young professionals, Manju said more and more people in Bangladesh are also showing interest about the information technology to reap benefits in sending mails and transferring documents at lower cost.

"Without internet we can't be connected to outer world. This is a world of information. As we want to gather information there is nothing alternative but to internet," said Dhaka University student Kallal Das, who was browsing internet with some of his friends on a laptop using WiFi technology at his varsity campus on Thursday evening.

Like Das many students were also seen to browse internet on their laptops in the country's leading public university campus in capital Dhaka.

With the rise in number of internet users, Manju said the number of email account holders have also increased to some extent. The number of email account holders in the country so far leaped to 1.2 million, he said.

He further said the number of email account holders in rural Bangladesh are also rising as the mobile companies have expanded their network helping people to contact their millions of relatives in abroad.

According to the statistics of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the total number of mobile phone subscribers in Bangladesh at the end of March this year stood at 54.07 million, about 33.3 percent of the country's total population.

"We expect good prospect in internet penetration future in the country as the government is committed to make a digital Bangladesh,' Manju said, adding that steps are underway to connect Bangladeshi prime minister's office with all the 64 district administrators' office.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her party's election manifesto in 2008 pledged to develop a digital Bangladesh by 2021.

(Source: iStockAnalyst )


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